Specialty & Technique Guitar Classes

Go beyond the basics and learn the nuts and bolts of music.

If you can already play guitar, now it's time to get into the groove. With the guidance of our expert teaching artists, expand your skills and repertoire to open the wide world of guitar beyond the basics.

For intermediate players and beyond, open to students who have completed the Guitar 2 level and above. (If you're not sure where your skills fit in, visit our placement quiz.)

We suggest all guitar students consider starting with Guitar Fingerboard Theory, if you want to work on lead guitar or eventually write your own songs. It's a great primer into a wider world of musicianship.

Acoustic Prince

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Let's go crazy on acoustic learning the songs and stylings of the Purple one.

Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($142 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Extended Play

Intermediate

Tuesday, Thursday or Friday with Mary Peterson, Chris Winters, Elaine Moore or Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Advanced

Saturday with Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

The one and only legendary folk icon, Ed Holstein holds court for acoustic guitarists.

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Intermediate

Tuesday or Wednesday with Elaine Moore, Rebecca Toon or Tom Ryan

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

RPA Ensemble aka Dawson's Guitar 4Ever

Advanced

Thursday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

A group of 4ever students under Dawson's leadership

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Intermediate

Wednesday or Saturday with Tony do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

No matter what genre of music you play, this class will take your playing to a whole other level.

Guitarra En Español 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Jose Murillo

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

A bilingual experience developing basic skills in Latin style playing. Una experiencia bilingüe que desarrolla maneras básicas de tocar el estilo latino.

Guitarra En Español 2

Intermediate

Wednesday with Jose Murillo

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

A bilingual experience building repertoire in Latin music. Una experiencia bilingüe que desarrolla el repertorio de la música latina.

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Learn lead and comping techniques of the major players of the Chicago blues style.

Building Chord Vocabulary

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris, Jimmy Tomasello, Steve Levitt or Michael O'Toole

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in your musical journey.

Lead Guitar Basics

Intermediate

Monday or Saturday with Dan Fulkerson or Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

Monday or Friday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Focus on one of the most essential elements of playing guitar and music itself.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar 1 Skills

Intermediate

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Expand techniques and your personal riff artillery within the framework of songs and progressions in the blues/rock idiom.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Advanced

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

An ongoing class which develops repertoire in the blues/rock genre.

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Add a new dimension to your acoustic guitar playing

Acoustic Slide Guitar 2

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Continue to add emotion and feel to your slide guitar playing

Blues Guitar Basics 1

Beginner

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Build skills and repertoire within the blues idiom.

Blues Guitar Basics 2

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Introduction to Fingerpicking

Intermediate

Monday or Saturday with Alvin McGovern or Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Put down your plectrum and let's work with both hands.

Fingerpicking 1 Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday or Saturday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Your fingers can be trained to be an orchestra - a band in the hand.

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Sinatra on Guitar

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Spice up your repertoire with classics from the American Songbook. Come on baby!

Jazz Guitar 1

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Jazz Guitar 2

Advanced

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Early Country Guitar 1

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Early Country Guitar 2

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Tuesday or Wednesday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Hard Rock and Metal Unplugged

Intermediate

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

All the licks, all the tricks - but with minimal hearing loss.

Introduction to Electric Guitar Styles

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Introduction to Electric Slide Guitar

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Get a grip on your pick and work your rhythm chops.

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Let's get melodic

Flatpicking 3 - Repertoire

Advanced

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Let's develop soloing skills over classic repertoire.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Beginner

Saturday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Build a solid foundation

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Intermediate

This class alternates every other session with level 1. If you would like to discuss options, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Beginner

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

You'll get a taste of the Blues with Blind Boy Fuller, Tommy Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and others.

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Intermediate

This class alternates every session with Blues Fingerstyle 1. Mark your calendar and be sure to sign up next session.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues

Advanced

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Session 3 will be the 1930's Country Blues in the Depression.

Introduction to Brazilian Guitar

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Beginner

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Examine the basic chords and rhythmic attacks of flamenco.

Flamenco Guitar 1 Skills

Beginner

This class is offered on a rotating basis. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Flamenco Guitar 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Develop a strong repertoire in this exciting musical idiom.

Contemporary Slide Guitar

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Advancing Guitar: Licks and Tricks

AdvancedNew!

Tuesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Learn approaches to the fingerboard designed to improve your playing

James Taylor Guitar Styles

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Country Guitar Old & New

Intermediate

Wednesday with Aaron Smith

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Electric Blues Guitar: Texas Style

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

First Base Bottleneck Blues: Intro to Slide Guitar

WorkshopBeginner

Saturday with Donna Herula

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Four Fundamental Fingerpicking Patterns

BeginnerNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $101 ($96 members)

Guitar Study Hall

Open to All

Monday or Wednesday with Steve Levitt

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

A free Q & A with one of the school's renown guitar gurus. COME BY AND WE'LL HELP PLACE YOU IN THE PROGRAM

How to Strum (Nearly) Anything

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $101 ($96 members)

Jazz Guitar 4ever

AdvancedNew!

Wednesday with Tony do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

3 Kings of the Blues

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

BB, Freddy and Albert

Paul Simon Fingerstyle Classics

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Michael Henson

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Strumming While Singing

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Michael O'Toole

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $101 ($96 members)

The principles taught in this class can be applied to any style

Play By Ear

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($142 members)

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$288 for 30 minutes ($278 for members)

$416 for 45 minutes ($401 for members)

$536 for 60 minutes ($516 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 06/25/2018 – 08/19/2018

Monday 05/21/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 06/04/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/06/18: Open registration

8-week lessons: 09/03/2018 – 10/28/2018

Monday 07/16/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/30/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 08/01/18: Open registration


Teachers

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